PRESENTATION OF 2021 AWARDS

PRESENTATION OF 2021 AWARDS

The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) held its Specimen Fish Awards Day on Saturday 5th November 2022 at the Clayton Hotel, Sandyford, Co, Dublin. Successful anglers from all over Ireland who caught specimen fish in lakes, rivers or in the sea in 2021 were presented their awards.
To find a photo of your presentation follow the link below:
ISFC Annual Awards

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Reminder: Claiming a specimen this year? Get your forms in now!

Reminder: Claiming a specimen this year? Get your forms in now!

Reminder to Please get your claims in now to avoid the rush at end October closing date.
The deadline for submitting specimen claims is approaching fast. If you were lucky enough to catch a specimen fish this year and want to claim it, get your paperwork into the ISFC as soon as possible so that the ISFC can assess it. All specimen claims to be submitted by 31st Oct.
To speed up the process this year you can email a copy of your completed claim form to

william.roche@fisheriesireland.ie

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Specimen Fish Report 2021 published

Specimen Fish Report 2021 published

 Anglers fishing Irish waters caught hundreds of huge fish in 2021 according to the just-published Irish Specimen Fish Committee report.
One new Irish record was set by Jim Clohessy from Cork who smashed the existing record for a rare species, the Stone Basse taken when fishing off Cork Harbour.
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Over 470 exceptionally large fish of different species were caught by anglers from venues throughout Ireland in 2021. The main species were smaller shark species like Spurdog and, in freshwater, Tench, Roach Bream Hybrids and Brown trout dominated.  All fish were …

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Three Bearded Rockling v Shore Rockling

Three Bearded Rockling v Shore Rockling

Colour tends not to be a reliable distinguishing feature for many species. For these two rockling
species, which are on the Irish Specimen Fish Committee listings, colouration is very relevant.
Both body shapes are suggestive of small ling and both are scaleless with a single dorsal fin which
extends for approx. 40% of the body. Both have two barbels on the snout and one under the chin.
Colours vary being typically ranging from yellow to brown to reddish for both with pale ventral
colours.
The three bearded rocking can also be distinctly dark orange. Large chocolate …

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ISFC news, Annual Report, Awards, New Rules

ISFC news, Annual Report, Awards, New Rules

Annual report – hope to publish in April 2022.
Annual Awards Day – the usual event held in Feb every year was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation, but it is planned to have an event at some stage in 2022.
Handling – for all species best practice is essential. This is particularly important for species like shad.
Specimen fish rules updates:

Corkwing wrasse length – 2021 was a data collection year for this species in order to set a realistic threshold. Data showed that the guideline length of 20 cm total length (TL) …

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ISFC Report 2020 Online Now

ISFC Report 2020 Online Now

You will all delighted to hear that the 2020 Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report is now available online.

 
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic anglers fishing in Irish waters in 2020 caught hundreds of large fish according to the just-published Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report.
One new record was set and over 300 exceptionally large fish of different species were caught by anglers from venues throughout Ireland. The main species were shark species like Smooth-hound and Spurdog and, in freshwater, Pike and Brown Trout dominated.  All fish were caught, weighed, measured and released.
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New Fish Records for 2018

New Fish Records for 2018

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Four new Irish record fish were caught by anglers during 2018 according to the just-published Irish Specimen Fish Committee report.

New records were set for four marine species – Golden Grey Mullet, Thin
Lipped Mullet, Black Bream and Tope. The mullet species were taken in Cork
while the Tope was caught off Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Kilmore in Co. Wexford
was the venue for the Black Bream.

Details of these record fish are in the Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report
2018, which has just been released. The Irish Specimen Fish Committee, which is
supported …

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